Civilisation: A Greek and Roman Journey
Tony Spawforth

Civilisation:  A Greek and Roman Journey

In simple language, this book tells a story of how the Greeks developed a long-lasting civilisation which the Romans in due course took over by force, developed further and eventually used legionaries to defend against outside threats, before finally transmitting a classical legacy to the Middle Ages and so to us. Along the way the book will explore ancient and modern ideas and ideals about the civilised life and the invention of its antithesis, barbarism. It will also show how far classical civilisation at each stage of its evolution absorbed flavours and surprises from interactions with other peoples. The result was a culture of fusion between West and East. At a time of keen interest in what western civilisation stands for and how and where it originated, this book offers a new account between one set of covers of the two ancient millennia comprising one of its most formative phases, the phase bequeathing us both Classics and Christianity. 

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  • Author: Tony Spawforth
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Tony Spawforth

Tony Spawforth trained as an ancient historian and archaeologist. He is a former Assistant Director of the British School of Archaeology at Athens and Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Since 2000 he has been Professor of Ancient History at Newcastle-upon-Tyne University.He is author and editor of a number of academic and reference books, including (co-edited with Simon Hornblower) the third edition of The Oxford Classical Dictionary (1996; 2003). His popular books include (with Chris Mee) Oxford Archaeological Guides: Greece (2001) and The Complete Greek Temples (Thames...
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